Cluster Consulting counts with a multidisciplinary team and a large number of national and international consultants and collaborators.

Carlos Tarrasón is the director and senior partner of Cluster Consulting and has built an extensive network of experts in clusters and economic development. Those experts have themselves wide experience and proven abilities working in such projects in Latin America and Europe for regional governments and development institutions such as the IDB, the World Bank or UNDP.

 

Carlos Tarrasón ico_linkedin

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"The most important is to follow your dreams and be authentic. I started as a strategy consultant for multinationals in Europe and today as Cluster Consulting director, I help the development of regions and collectives in Latin America."

Carlos Tarrasón, Spanish resident in Brazil, has over 20 years of international experience in projects of economic development and strategy, conducted mainly in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Colombia, Spain and the UK. He has worked in Brazil for the past fifteen years for Cluster Consulting, IDB-MIF and consultancies specialized in competitiveness and clusters. He previously worked for leading global strategy consultancies such as The Boston Consulting Group and Mitchell Madison Group (Mckinsey spin off) in Europe.

Carlos Tarrasón graduated from ESADE Business School with an MBA from ESADE and Indiana University and a Master of Arts in International Relations from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), concentrating in Brazilian politics and economy.

During his fifteen years in Brazil, he has widely participated in the debate on regional development though public presentations, seminars and workshops both at the federal level (SEBRAE, Ministry of Development, IDB) and at a state level (Minas Gerais, Sao Paulo, Bahia, Pernambuco, Rio de Janeiro, Paraná, Rio Grande do Sul and Piauí). 

In recent years, he has worked as a consultant in competitive programs for governments and institutions as well as director, mentor or consultant in more than 25 cluster projects including a wide range industries: food, urban mobility, ICT, biotechnology, electro electronics, travel, fashion, health services, etc.

He is a regular lecturer at the Global and Latin American conferences on clusters and competitiveness organized by The Competitiveness Institute. He has presented methodologies and case studies in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Argentina, Mexico, Denmark, Netherlands and Spain. Recent lectures include topics as Industry 4.0, Smart Specialization for regions and Agroindustry and sustainability.

He represents Brazil and Peru in the TCI Latin American Chapter. 

Carlos worked for the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) in Brazil and Peru. In Brazil, he was a consultant for the IDB-MIF from 2004 to 2006 accompanying the progress and achievement of about 38 projects led by the MIF (Multilateral Investment Fund for innovative projects) including an in-depth supervision of 8 of them, notably the PROMOS Cluster Project. He also prepared and implemented the MIF Seminar on project management.

His native languages are Spanish and Catalan. Carlos is also fluent in English and Portuguese, and has an intermediate level in German.

Juan Luis Salinas ico_linkedin

Juan Luis

Juan Luis Salinas is a Cluster Consulting consultant since September 2019. He is currently working representing the company in Peru and in the food ingredients technology roadmap in Peru. Previously worked as consultant in the fashion cluster of the Teresina Competitiva project in Brazil, in the project to identify and analize the international demand for amazonian, sustainable and deforestation free cocoa in Ecuador and in the Cajamarca Dairy Cluster Project, which seeks to increase the competitiveness of dairy derivatives in that region in Peru.

After graduating with a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Pacífico in Lima, Juan Luis began his career working as an Analyst at Activas Partners, a consulting and corporate finance boutique. Here, he participated in consulting projects in the construction materials, sugar, retail, and legal services industries. Juan Luis also co-founded the social startup Hiki Foods, which sought to produce cricket flour, a source of sustainable protein, through a network of micro-producers. With Hiki Foods, he won the national stage of the International Business Model Competition (IBMC) and participated in the international final in Silicon Valley. In this competition, he classified within the first 40 places of 6,000 participants from around the world.

After Juan Luis' experience in the private sector, he worked as an Analyst in the Ministerial Office of the Ministry of Production. Here, he participated in the design of the "Your Company" program, which seeks to reduce the informality of micro and small businesses. Subsequently, he worked in the Authority for Reconstruction with Changes, which is responsible for the reconstruction of the areas affected by the El Niño Phenomenon of 2017. In the Authority for Reconstruction with Changes, he was mainly responsible for designing and managing the database on the financing status of the reconstruction interventions. Also, he was in charge of developing a proposal that would expedite the projects' financing by decentralizing the Strategic Planning Management activities towards the regions.

Finally, Juan Luis has a Diploma in Public Policy from Universidad del Pacífico.

His native language is Spanish, he has an excellent command of English and basic Portuguese.

Matías García Auler ico_linkedin

Matías García

Matías García has been a consultant for Cluster Consulting since April 2021. He is currently working as a consultant on the Food Ingredients Technology Roadmap project in Peru.

Previously, he worked as a Senior Analyst at Citibank, where he was part of a team in charge of covering a portfolio of corporate clients from various industries, including mining, pharmaceuticals, retail, capital and consumer goods, among others. Under this role, Matías participated in the origination, structuring and execution of different financial solutions, with a main focus on debt solutions. He also conducted credit analysis, sector and economic research and analysis, development of transaction marketing materials and credit approval packages, among others.

Matías holds a degree in Business Management from Universidad del Pacífico in Lima. As part of his studies, he took an academic semester at the Universidade Catolica Portuguesa (Portugal).

His native language is Spanish, he is fluent in English and has a basic level in Portuguese.

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Adrian Bendelman

Adrian Bendelman, a native of Uruguay, has been a Cluster Consulting collaborator since June 2019. He worked as a consultant in the Cajamarca Dairy Cluster Project to increase the competitiveness of dairy products in this region in Peru.

Currently, he works as an independent professional on issues of competitive improvement, innovation, internationalization and initiatives related to public-private articulation, both in the public sector, in the private sector and in international organizations.

Until 2014, he served in the Office of Planning and Budget of Uruguay (OPP) as Senior Executive supporting the development of several productive clusters in the country (in agriculture, industry, services, tourism and creative economy) under the Conglomerates Competitiveness Program and Production Chains (OPP / IDB). He has experience in the design of tools to support the public sector, as well as in the formulation and monitoring of innovation projects, competitive improvement and internationalization. He led strategic processes for different companies in the productive sector in Uruguay.

He holds a degree in Sociology from the Universidad de la República (UdelaR). He also completed the Development Module (pilot of the Bachelor in Development, UdelaR). He also has technical studies in Marketing (Universidad ORT) and Management (ACDE).

His mother language is Spanish and he is also fluent in Portuguese and English.

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Jack Hoagland

Jack Hoagland is a collaborator and was a professional intern consultant with Cluster Consulting during June-August 2020, where he worked to improve the competitiveness of the quinua cluster on the Apurimac Cusco corridor, in Peru.

Jack previously worked as a public sector consultant for Grant Thornton in Washington, DC, performing data analysis, research, and budget development for an American federal agency, as well as business development for the firm. He also worked as a team leader for the “SAIS Social Enterprise Accelerator”, advising an NGO on introducing a medical device to low-income patients in India.

Jack holds a BA in International Relations from the College of William and Mary. He is currently pursuing an MA in International Development and Latin American Studies at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

 His native language is English and he is proficient in Spanish.

Jose Arcaya ico_linkedin

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Jose Arcaya has collaborated with Cluster Consulting since January 2019. In 2020 he worked in the project to identify and analize the international demand for Amazonian, sustainable and deforestation free cocoa in Ecuador, contacted by UNDP. In 2019, he worked as a consultant in the Prioritization of Agro-Export Chains Project in the Dominican Republic, a partnership of the National Competitiveness Council (Consejo Nacional de Competitividad) with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). 

He has worked in the area of public policy for two years, collaborating in the development of international trade in Peru.

He has experience with analysis of data oriented to economic development, in particular for the promotion of foreign trade, through the use of statistical software. He has worked at Ministry of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru, preparing methodologies and instruments for the promotion of programs and projects oriented to the progress of Peruvian exports. Also worked in National Superintendency of Customs and Tax Administration of Peru, preparing sectoral economic studies.

Jose holds a degree in Economics from Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and an specialization in International Trade.

His native language is Spanish and he also has proficiency in English.

Fabiana Ribeiro ico_linkedin

Fabiana Ribeiro

Fabiana Ribeiro has been a collaborator of Cluster Consulting since 2010. Currently, she is part of the Health Services Cluster Initiative project team within the Teresina Competitiva Program. In 2011, she worked in the Smart City BH cluster project aimed at improving urban mobility in the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte through a strategic alignment of mobility smart solution providers. In 2010, she worked as a consultant in the Point-of-Care Diagnostics cluster project, an initiative to improve the competitiveness of the Biotechnology and Human Health cluster in Belo Horizonte. 

For over 15 years, Fabiana has been working on projects to foster sustainability and local development together with public, private, and third sector organizations.

Fabiana holds a Social Communication bachelor's degree from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and an MBA in Sustainability Management from Leuphana Universität.

Her native language is Portuguese, and she has proficiency in English and intermediate level of German.

Marcelo Andrade ico_linkedin

Marcelo Andrade

Marcelo has been a collaborator for Cluster Consulting since 2020. In that year he worked as consultant in the Fashion Cluster initiative and was part of the Teresina Competitiva program team. 

Served for three years as an economic advisor in the Planning Secretariat of the State of Minas Gerais; three years as advisor of special projects in the intelligence management of the Agency for the Promotion of Investments and Foreign Trade of Minas Gerais (INDI). In Australia, he was an intern in the marketing area for six months in a Supply Chain consultancy and worked as a process analyst for six months in a startup in the logistics sector. He has four years of experience working as a freelance consultant on projects that involve analysis of socioeconomic, environmental and territorial development. He has experience in database management, economic and statistical analysis, and team coordination.

Holds a degree in Economics from the Federal University of Minas Gerais and a master's degree in Applied Economic Theory from the Federal University of Pernambuco. He also has a postgraduate degree in international business from Gray Stone College (Sydney - Australia).

His native language is Portuguese, he has an advanced level in English and an intermediate level in Spanish.

Pedro Avellar ico_linkedin

Pedro Avellar

Pedro Avellar has been a Cluster Consulting consultant since 2020 and is part of the Teresina Competitiva project team, in the Health Services Cluster. 

Previously, he worked in the energy market (Natural Gas) for 2 years, in Gasmig's Planning department, taking part in initiatives and activities such as business plan, strategic planning, goals and indicators, data processing with business intelligence (BI), as well as economic scenario analysis and market research.

He has experience as a manager at Imagem Brindes where he deployed a BSC strategic planning project, that consisted in market research, reviewing processes, developing indicators and goals, as well as executing action plans in all areas of the business.

Pedro holds a bachelor degree in Business Administration from the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).

His native language is Portuguese and he is proficient in English and Spanish.

Boyang Xue ico_linkedin

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Boyang Xue, from China,  is a collaborator of Cluster Consulting since June, 2016, when he was involved in a project aiming at improving the handmade cheese production and marketing in the state of Minas Gerais and another project on geography indication (GI). Currently he is living in China.

Boyang Xue previously worked as project coordinator for China CAMC Engineering in Venezuela, where he was in charge of client relation management, procurement of equipment, power generation and transmission project management and managed 15 to 20 Venezuelan staff. He also worked as research assistant for The Brookings Institution in Washington DC, where he conducted research on China’s political and economic engagement with Latin America, evaluated Chinese investment in the region and its impact on Latin American economic development.

Boyang holds a BA in Spanish Literature and Linguistics from Beijing Language and Culture University in China, and is pursuing his Master of Arts in International Economics & Latin American Studies from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University in Washington DC, USA, where he specialized in economic development strategies. He also completed a certificate program in Japanese and Japan Studies at Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan and spent one academic year in Universidad Santiago de Cali in Cali, Colombia.

His native language is Mandarin, fluent in English, has working proficiency in Spanish and has intermediate level of Japanese and Portuguese.